How To Increase An Existing Rating %

A great idea to learn more about how your condition is rated when others have appealed decisions similar to yours is to use the  BVA search engine.  Just like the image you see over there, the search engine asks for key words, then you pick the years to search and you are off on your research journey.

The BVA search engine is a great tool to study your particular condition and the potential and issues surrounding it.  

 https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp

A Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating reflects the rated condition in the approximate moment in time when the rating decision was made. Ratings in 10% increments reflect the severity of a disabling condition on an increasing scale from 0% to 100%.

There are ratings above and beyond the standard 100% rating and those are reserved for the most acutely injured or ill veterans. It's accepted that over time a given disabling condition may become worse or more disabling and an upward adjustment to the rating should be considered. There are a few common sense steps to performing what is essentially a new application for a benefit...this one being an increase.

To be sure you're eligible and can prove your claim, have a look at  The Schedule For Rating Disabilities 

The Schedule is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that your current rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know. Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. 

​If there are civilian medical records, you have to gather those for yourself. Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records.
​It's time to file the claim.

Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want. Provide supporting evidence. I think that it's a good idea to go ahead and  have an IMO done .

File your  Intent To File A Claim  form and have an IMO done to provide when you finally get around to filing the claim for an increase.

If you take the time to do a thorough job of crossing t's and dotting i's after you've filed your Intent to File form, an increase is a pretty sure thing. You have to go in with all the evidence you need though...do not depend on VA to help!

If you're sure, go for it. If you aren't sure, you have some more work to do.

File the intent to file and gather evidence!

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Hey Jim:  This Court of Appeals decision is a bit of a smack-down for VA’s implementation of the Appeals Management Act. VA will need to relook what they are doing under AMA - although this case only speaks to three specific regulations, a broader relook of their overall implementation of AMA would probably be prudent. /s/ Drew

Decided: July 30, 2021

​Congress enacted the AMA in 2017 to reform the exist-ing VA administrative appeals system, which was,

by all accounts, “broken,” marked by lengthy delays, and plagued with a formidable backlog of cases. 

More problematic, however, was the “continuous evidence gathering and readjudication

of the same matters”that caused appeals to “churn” in the system.

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In a November 2011 nexus statement, the Veteran's neurologist opined that that the Veteran's progressive supranuclear

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movement disorder very similar to Parkinson's disease. The neurologist further explained that PSP affects the same areas

as Parkinson's disease and is possibly causally related to chemical exposure such as Agent Orange. 
The Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise regarding service connection for progressive

supranuclear palsy and will resolve reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran.

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This is your C & P examiners guide.

The language used in this guide is very much in effect at your VA. When you have a nexus letter, it should conform

to the phrases you'll find here. For example, your doctor should write "More likely than not" when talking of service connection.

That phrase wins claims, anything less may not.

See Page 14  Section 1.16  How do I give an opinion for nexus (relationship to a military incident?

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The professionally written   Nexus Letter   is often the single most valuable tool we have at our disposal to win claims. If you doubt any of that please go to the  Board of Veterans Appeals and use their search  to look for cases with Nexus Letters or IMOs. You'll find, "...the Board finds the September 2019 Independent Medical Evaluation Report to be probative even though the Veteran’s service treatment records are silent...". I've referred vets to a small handful of reliable doctors for years. I've received hundreds of positive messages that tell me that the IMO/Nexus Letter works for you as well as it did for me. If you're caught up in an appeal and you aren't sure what else you need or if you want to file a new claim and prevail without a lot of fuss...talk with these doctors and make a plan to win.

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I'll try to use this today. I have no hopes I'll be able to get any appointments. /s/ Jim)

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